Joyce Scarpinato, DNP, PNP-BC, FNP-C
Director of Master's Program
After becoming an RN with an associate’s degree, Ibrahim Thabet said, “I felt that my journey was not complete. I decided to continue my education at Upstate Medical University because of the school's rich tradition of prestige.
I could not have imagined an easier transition.” Ibrahim achieved his goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner by earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Nursing.
—Ibrahim Thabet, FNP (2010)
Master of Science
MS Program, Fall Admission:
September 1 - March 1
Our master of science degree program educates registered nurses with bachelor's degrees to work as nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists. The program also prepares nurses for roles in leadership, consulting, education and research. Students studying to become nurse practitioners choose from three tracks: family, family psychiatric mental health or pediatric. Students studying to become clinical nurse specialists follow an adult/gerontology track. We also offer a fast track RN-to-MS option for this degree.
The master's program builds on your undergraduate nursing education and focuses on applying advanced theory and evidence-based data to clinical practice. The curriculum includes courses in the advanced practice role, nursing theory, family theory, informatics, quality and safety, leadership and health care policy, research and advanced pathophysiology and pharmacology. You may take practicum courses as electives to strengthen your advanced practice skills. You also may participate in faculty-sponsored research or individual research projects under faculty guidance, or practice teaching or nursing administration.
Master's Program Tracks
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) – (full time only)
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
- Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP)
Please NOTE: Programs will run only if there are a minimum of 10 students.
Special Options for the Master's program
The master's program emphasizes clinical practice and requires students to practice advanced nursing under the guidance of experts. In addition to the expertise available on campus (at Upstate University Hospital and its many specialty clinics) the College of Nursing has developed an extensive network of physician offices, hospitals, clinics and other agencies in New York State that participate in our program. These affiliations give you the opportunity to work in primary and acute care settings with preceptors who specialize in a vast array of clinical practice areas. Before graduating, students in the master's program complete either a master's thesis or a culminating project.
Degree Time Frame
Students may take up to five years to complete the master's program. On average, part-time students carry six credits per semester and finish in three to five years. Full-time students carry a minimum of nine credits per semester and finish in two or three years. Non-matriculated students may take up to nine credits of course work on a space-available basis while in the process of completing admissions requirements. Faculty advisors work closely with students to help them fit courses and program requirements into their work and daily lives.
Unique Education Minor
Students can complete an education minor by completing NURS 565: Nurse as Educator (required by all master's students) and 6 additional credits, NURS 655 Curriculum and Program Development and NURS 665 Educational Evaluation.